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Inspire Creativity at Work With All 5 of Your Senses. You’ve probably heard of the debate about whether open offices or the oh-so-dreaded traditional cubicles are better in the workplace.

Inspire Creativity at Work With All 5 of Your Senses

All these discussions revolve around layout and arrangement, but did you know that ambience is equally (if not more) important for inspiring workplace creativity? If only the interior designer had known that people working in white offices are more likely to complain of nausea and headaches, or that dim lighting jump starts creative freedom, your office might be a much happier place. In fact, the best offices engage all five senses—everything from colors and music to smells and tastes—to maximize your productivity and creativity. How to Ask for a Raise. Easiest Way to Get a Raise and Promotion. If, for some reason, you need any urging to become more aggressive about your career and financial future, a new study from Accenture should provide it.

Easiest Way to Get a Raise and Promotion

The study was designed to figure out how satisfied men and women are at their jobs, and what they plan to do about it. But buried within the results are some eye-opening statistics about who gets a raise or promotion–and why. Accenture surveyed 3,400 professionals at medium and large-sized companies in 29 countries. Some 500 of those people were in the U.S. Respondents were split evenly between men and women and between three age groups: Generation Y, Generation X, and Baby Boomers. Ask Already! According to the survey, only 43% of people are satisfied with their jobs. Make a Temp Job Last. Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home? Today, many companies offer their employees the option to work from home, even if they live relatively close to the office.

Should You Let Your Employees Work From Home?

But common sense tells us that for some employees, this may not be the best option. As you can imagine, some unsupervised employees would sooner fill their day playing World of Warcraft than actually working. 5 Things to Do Every Day for Success. Fast Company wants you to have your best year yet in 2012; click for more advice and tips on how to work smarter, manage your career, and lead a more meaningful life.

5 Things to Do Every Day for Success

"You get up at what time? " I hear that a lot, along with "You are so lucky. " If Mentors Are So Important, Where Are They? Last Updated Oct 27, 2011 10:06 PM EDT Where have all the mentors gone?

If Mentors Are So Important, Where Are They?

In a new survey of women professionals from LinkedIn, a surprising number of women say they have never had a mentor. How many women are mentored? Nearly one in five, or 19%, of women in the survey say they have never had a mentor. About half of those say they simply never met anyone appropriate. Tooting your own horn is just one of the ways you can increase the likelihood that you'll shatter the glass ceiling and snag keys to that corner office. Making others aware of your accomplishments is one of the very few areas in which a recent Catalyst study showed women could actually help their chances of advancement. Give Your Employees Unlimited Vacation Days. The 9 a.m.

Give Your Employees Unlimited Vacation Days

-to-5 p.m. workplace is almost dead. Throw your preconceived notions about vacation out the window and give your employees the no-strings-attached, unlimited vacation days they deserve or you'll soon be a dinosaur. With an unparalleled culture in which our people actually enjoy coming to work (see Your Employees Need a Treehouse and Let Your Employees Choose Their Titles) as the foundation, every last Red Frog employee is unflinchingly focused and devoted to our mission. Producing vast amounts of quality work is the norm, so we reward them with unlimited vacation and they, in return, reward Red Frog with outstanding work that blows me away every single day. Taking vacation at Red Frog is encouraged (and even celebrated). The pessimists and naysayers have said this policy would either be abused or that it's not entirely real—that our employees feel pressured to never take off.

How to get a pay raise - Jan. 12. (MONEY Magazine) -- Another year, another piddling pay raise?

How to get a pay raise - Jan. 12

For some, sure. The average increase in base salary is expected to be just 3% in 2012, up only a hair from last year's 2.9%, according to human resources consulting firm Mercer. Still, managers are concerned about retaining top talent, which explains why the best performers will see a brighter 4.6% on average. How to Be Happy at Work. Let me start off with a little story.

How to Be Happy at Work

I once knew a saleswoman–young, divorced–who got a diagnosis of breast cancer. She had to work and raise two kids while fighting the cancer. Even so, she managed to be happy at work, noticeably happier than her co-workers. In fact, she not only won her battle with cancer but subsequently became one of the top salespeople at Bristol Myers. She was not, as it happens, naturally cheerful. That saleswoman once told me: When you're unhappy, it's because you've decided to be unhappy. Maybe it wasn't a conscious decision; maybe it crept up on you while you weren't looking–but it was a decision nonetheless. Recruiting: 8 Qualities Your Best Employees Should Have. Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers... they possess a wide range of easily-defined—but hard to find—qualities.

Recruiting: 8 Qualities Your Best Employees Should Have

A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance. Here are eight qualities of remarkable employees: